For facility managers interested in making the switch from pickup trucks to gas, diesel, or zero-emissions electric utility vehicles, Club Car has launched a new line of Carryall® utility vehicles (UTVs) and transport vehicles. The company, based in Augusta, GA, designed and engineered its new Carryall utility vehicle line based on customer feedback obtained through a global listening tour. The new models incorporate improved power, versatility, reliability, and fuel efficiency. The vehicles retain a rustproof aluminum frame, rack-and-pinion steering, and independent front suspension system.
To bridge the gap between trucks and UTVs, Club Car partnered with Subaru, whose engineers adapted automotive technology to design a new engine for the Carryall utility vehicles. The 14-hp-rated, 404-cc, single-cylinder overhead cam engine features electronic fuel injection (EFI), capacitive discharge ignition (CDI), hemispherical heads, and a case-hardened steel timing chain that enhances reliability. The engine warranty has been increased from two years/2,000 hours to three years/3,000 hours limited warranty standard on all new Carryall and Transporter models.
Efficient, reliable charging is another focus of the line. Most new electric Carryall utility vehicles feature an industry exclusive combination of an on-board, high frequency charger with an integrated cord retractor. The solid state, global charger is 92% to 95% efficient, a 10% increase over the old charger. To reduce the chances of stranded crews due to vehicles not being charged, it issues an audible alert when charging begins and keeps charging even during power swings. The charger can be programmed for multiple algorithms, including lead acid or gel/AGM batteries.
Meanwhile, the aluminum bed box in these new vehicles was designed for versatility and durability. Its rustproof aluminum side panels accommodate a configurable and removable track-based attachment system for carrying shovels, rakes, leaf blowers, and other equipment. Movable bed dividers and cargo tie-downs stabilize loads and prevent shifting. The system also accommodates optional ladder racks, bucket holders and other accessories. The rustproof aluminum bed floor comes standard with Rhino Lining, a material used in the beds of many pickup trucks.
The new Carryall utility vehicles feature bigger cowls and long lasting standard halogen head lights that are integrated into the design. Or, users can select optional LED lights. Cockpit-style interiors with contoured seating, restyled hip restraints and spacious driver areas and foot wells make the vehicles easy to enter and exit. An improved key switch helps deter unauthorized use, and the shifter and gauges are on the dash, within easy reach of the ergonomic steering wheel.